The peer nominated award was presented to Vassallo during the APSP International Awards of Excellence program at Generations Hall in New Orleans, Monday, November 5.
Since joining the pool industry in 1988, Vassallo has served on chapter and regional APSP boards, on the APSP Builders Council for 6 years, and is currently serving on the APSP Board of Directors and Executive Committee. In addition to his service with APSP, Vassallo has worked with legislators on the state and national level to develop positive working relationships between building and code officials and the pool and spa industry.
“APSP is very pleased to recognize Joe with the 2012 CBP of the Year Award,” said Bill Weber, APSP President and CEO. “Joe has elevated the presentation of the pool and spa ownership experience in such a positive way that it heightens awareness of the Certified Building Professional designation. He is an example for the rest of the industry for, among other things, enhancing consumer awareness of and appreciation for professionalism within our industry.”
The APSP CBP designation is earned through a standardized written examination which measures knowledge of residential and commercial pool and spa construction. Applicants for the designation must meet industry experience requirements and, once the designation is earned, ongoing continuing education is required to maintain the certification. The program emphasizes a commitment to ethical standards and a commitment to the highest standards of construction and workmanship through adherence to national pool and spa standards.
“Joe has worked tirelessly to advance the pool building profession through development of world class pool and spa education, APSP Certification, and licensing,” said John C. Romano, CBP, CSP Certified Service Professional®
Vassallo joins a short list of CBP of the Year honorees, past recipients include Jeff Mitchell, CBP, Dynasty Pools; Tommy Johnson, CBP, CSP, Johnson Pools & Spas; Lew Akins, CBP, Ocean Quest Pools by Lew Akins; John C. Romano, CBP, CSP, All American Custom Pools & Spas; and Al Rizzo, CBP, CSP, Rizzo Pool & Spa.
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About Joseph M. Vassallo, CBP
Joseph M. Vassallo, CBP is the founder and president of Paragon Pools in Las Vegas, NV a custom, in-ground commercial and residential pool and spa construction company. The internationally recognized, award-winning company specializes in both new construction and renovations. Noted for his innovative designs, Vassallo is a contributing writer to Waves Pool-Spa-Bath Magazine in India. He is the author of numerous design publications including The Al Fresco Life: Pools, Spas, Bars & Kitchens available from Schiffer Publishing. Vassallo is also co-founder of GAVA, Global AquaTekture Visionary Awards an organization that honors designers of all genres for water-themed environments. http://www.paragonpoolslv.com
Photo Caption: Joseph M. Vassallo, CBP of Paragon Pools Las Vegas (holding trophy) recipient of the 2012 APSP CBP of The Year Award with past honorees, (l to r) Jeff Mitchell, CBP, Dynasty Pools; John C. Romano, CBP, CSP, All American Custom Pools & Spas; and Tommy Johnson, CBP, CSP, Johnson Pools & Spas